Cane River. 1982. USA. Written and directed by Horace Jenkins. With Tommye Myrick, Richard Romain, Carol Sutton, Barbara Tasker, Ilunga Adell. 90 min.
MoMA presents the New York premiere of writer-director Horace Jenkins’ Cane River (1982), a racially themed love story shot in Natchitoches Parish, a “free community of color” in Louisiana, with an entirely African American cast and crew. A budding romance lays bare the tensions between light-skinned, property-owning Creoles and the more disenfranchised, darker-skinned families descended from slaves. Though championed by Richard Pryor, Cane River disappeared for decades after Jenkins’ sudden death at 42, shortly after film’s extremely limited release.
New 4K digital master by IndieCollect, scanned from a new 35mm print made by the Academy Film Archive with support from the Roger & Chaz Ebert Foundation